Cybex Balios S Combo Review
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|Pros||Easier car seat connection, better maneuverability||Compact and lightweight, easy car seat attachment||Easy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact fold||Lighter, nice fold, easy car seat attachment, giant storage||Price, 2 infant car seats, easy seat connection|
|Cons||5 lb storage bin max, thicker fold, price||Harder to push on uneven surfaces||Dual action brakes, harder to push and turn||Somewhat harder to maneuver, handle adjustment button poorly placed||Heaver, harder to push and turn|
|Bottom Line||Larger and heavier option with a higher price and disappointing quality and ease of use||High quality, compact option that is lightweight with easy car seat attachment||Best frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent console||High-quality, full-size choice with impressive features and easy car seat attachment||Inexpensive, versatile product good for twins or multiples with easy car seat connection|
|Rating Categories||Cybex Balios S Combo||UPPAbaby Minu Combo||Chicco KeyFit Caddy||UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Combo||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...|
|Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Weight/Folded Size (25%)|
|Specs||Cybex Balios S Combo||UPPAbaby Minu Combo||Chicco KeyFit Caddy||UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Combo||Evenflo Pivot Xpand...|
|Weight||18.2 lbs||12.6 lbs||11.7 lbs||18.8 lbs||24.3 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||24"W x 17.3"H x 30"L||20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L||19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L||22.9"W x 10.8"H x 30.4"L||26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth - 55 lbs
Maximum: 55 lbs
Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
|30||Minimum: Infant - Toddler
When stroller seat is in infant mode: birth - 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/38"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Cybex (All)||None||Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
|Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Cybex (All)||UPPAbaby
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
|Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||39.5"/43.89"||41.2||36"/42"||40"/43"||33"/44.7"|
|Storage Basket Size||Large||Medium||Large||Very Large||Extra large|
|Included Accessories||Rain Cover,
Car Seat Adapter
|Storage bag||None||Rain Shield, Bug Shield||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
In 2014, Cybex launched in Germany within the Goodbaby International Holdings Ltd. company. The company strives for innovative products with safety and functionality at its core. They currently make car seats, strollers, and carriers for baby.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
This stroller only works with Cybex car seats and we tested ours with the Cybex Aton 2. The infant carrier attaches to the Balios frame (below left) where the toddler seat attaches using the same adapters (below right). This design means there is nothing extra to buy or lose. You do need to remove the toddler seat, but this is quick and relatively painless.
Aligning the two sides simultaneously is the most painful part of this attachment, but it isn't as challenging as some of the competition and it won't require two people or tissue to stop the frustration crying. It attaches fairly easily and you can't install it incorrectly. We didn't like how it releases but overall that isn't a fault so much as a preference.
Weight and Folded Size
The Balios isn't the lightest stroller to pair with your car seat given its weight sans seat of 18.2 lbs. However, it isn't one of the heavier options either. While most new moms will want to skip something this heavy, some parents may not mind lugging it around considering some options weigh over 20.
This stroller is also one of the larger options in this category that often includes smaller folded strollers as many lose their seats to become car seat compatible. The Balios is 12,456 cubic inches when folded.
This product has single wheels on each front leg with plastic tires (above left). The wheels can lock in place (above right)to help keep the stroller on track over uneven surfaces, butter plastic makes the going rougher than it needs to be if all the wheels had been rubber. Overall, the Balios pushes and turns well on flat surfaces without any issues, but moving over grass and gravel is more challenging.
Ease of Use
This option demonstrates below average ease of use compared to the competition.
Fold and Unfold
The Cybex folds in half using a button on the handlebar. It locks in place automatically and self-stands for easier stowing. This product can roll like luggage when folded and has a carry handle on the top of the fold for this purpose.
The single-action brakes on the Balios function with a rocker pedal. In our tests the brakes are stiff and the stroller rolls forward when we press the pedal. You'll need to hold the handlebar to prevent the stroller from escaping when you set the brake. Releasing the brakes is easier and sandal foot-friendly as you do not need to lift from the bottom.
This product has a large storage bin (above left) with great open access all-around. The maximum weight allowance is 11 lbs. As some of the competition have limits closer to 20 lbs, this seems low but still the average. It also sports a side frame cup holder (above right) big enough for a taller water bottle.
To attach the car seat carrier you first need to remove the toddler seat/canopy from the frame, so there is no shade when paired with the car seat.
Ease of Setup
It took almost 9 minutes to assemble the Balios. It is neither difficult nor easy, but it took longer than some of the more straightforward competition.
The included documentation is multi-language mashed together which is hard to follow, but there are worse directions in the stroller world.
The Balios quality is average compared to the competition; for the price, it probably won't disappoint you. Overall, it looks stylish but the materials and detail are slightly subpar when lined up side-b-side with the stiff competition. This stroller sports plastic front wheels and somewhat coarse fabric, which are just two details to demonstrate what is comparatively lacking. On the other hand, the wheels and frame both feel sturdy without any wobble.
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